Mar 30, 2015
A federal judge in Houston denied the plaintiff’s motion for new trial in a wrongful death case against American Honda Motor Co., Inc. that PHMY won on summary judgment. On January 6, 2015, the federal court granted summary judgment in favor of Honda finding that the plaintiff failed to offer evidence on a key element of their design defect theory. Honda showed that the plaintiffs’ expert had no evidence that his proposed alternative design was economically feasible as required by Texas law. The federal court granted summary judgment on the plaintiffs’ claims for design defect, negligence and breach of warranty. The plaintiffs asked the judge to reconsider his ruling, but he denied the request on March 30, 2015. Honda was represented by Jeff Hawkins, David Prichard and David Montpas of PHMY as well as by Derek Whitefield of Dykema Gossett in Los Angeles.
Apr 22, 2014
Texas Super Lawyers have announced the 2014 List of Texas Rising Stars, and Prichard Hawkins McFarland & Young is proud that two of their attorneys, Daniela Gonzales Aldape and Shelayne Clemmer were named to this distinguished list. Ms. Aldape is a partner with the firm and handles complex litigation matters in Texas and surrounding states, focusing on product liability. Ms. Clemmer’s practice encompasses both trial work and appellate matters covering a variety of practice areas.
Jan 22, 2014
The Fourth Court of Appeals in San Antonio affirmed summary judgment and jury verdict findings in a case successfully tried by PHMY in 2013. The lawsuit involved a dispute between partners and partnerships over the sale of hill country real estate. PHMY’s Kevin Young represented the partnerships and tried the case along with Jackson Walker’s Chris Mugica, who represented one of the partners. As plaintiffs, they prevailed on two summary judgment motions concerning whether the other partner’s permission was necessary to sell the partnership’s property. At trial, Kevin and Chris prevailed on a breach of contract claim and successfully defended the claims asserted by the other partner.
PHMY’s David Montpas served as lead appellate lawyer for the plaintiffs and argued the case before the court of appeals on December 5, 2013. The case was sent back to the trial court to determine the amount of plaintiffs’ attorneys fees.
Serengeti Resort, LLC et al v. Esperanza Properties, LP et al